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The village of Ballyvaughan is situated on the southern shores of Galway bay, surrounded by the wonderful Burren district of County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. This charming, unspoilt village is home to a rich culture and array of attractions. The village developed around a harbour and, with its sheltered and pretty bay, it remains a popular port - though chiefly for pleasure boats.
The premier show cave in Ireland and one of the oldest caves in the country, Aillwee Cave is just 4 km from Ballyvaughan, in the heart of the Burren. A tour brings you across bridged gulfs, beneath strange formations, and alongside the roaring waterfall.
Clare is a hotbed of exceptional Irish music, and Ballyvaughan is no exception. Each of the pubs in the village of Ballyvaughan holds regular sessions of traditional Irish music, particularly during the busy summer season. Check with the individual pubs for times.
Poulnabrone Dolmen is the Burren's best-known archaeological monument and one of the finest examples of a megalithic tomb in Ireland. Excavated in 1986, it was found to mark the final resting place of 33 people, some of whose remains date back to 3800 B.C. You will find it in a field east of the Ballyvaughan-Corofin road.
An early 13th-century Cistercian monastery, Corcomroe Abbey is located a few miles east of Ballyvaughan village. Well-preserved abbey, it is dramatically situated among the grey hills of the Burren, with a group of three small churches dedicated to St. Colman lying nearby.
The Burren Birds of Prey Centre educates and entertains with breathtaking flying displays over the spectacular Burren landscape. The centre’s mission is to encourage the conservation of birds of prey through visitor awareness and education, as well as fund-raising for raptor conservation monitoring efforts within Ireland.
The first part of this walk follows a section of the long-distance Burren Way, climbing up towards Aillwee Cave and extending along the side of Aillwee Mountain down to the village of Ballyvaughan. This loop is part of the network of national Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple Looped Walk directional arrows.
Caher Bridge Garden is a charming, award-winning garden near Ballyvaughan. Based around a restored riverside cottage, it transformed an area of dense hazel and blackthorn scrub into mature gardens that blend seamlessly with their surroundings. Attractions include large collections of snowdrops, daffodils, hostas, daylilies, crocosmia, and woodland plants and ferns.
The word "Burren" derives from the Irish word boíreann (“a rocky place”), an apt description for this lunar landscape of bare limestone pavement. The Burren has also been described as "fertile rock," however, because of its wealth of unusual flora. The 1,500-hectare Burren National Park is in the southeastern corner of the Burren. The Burren visitor centre is located in Kilfenora, 17 km from Ballyvaughan.
Newtown castle is an immaculately restored 16th-century tower house located beside the Burren College of Art, on the outskirts of Ballyvaughan village. The 1,300-metre Newtown nature trail extends from the castle, which opens to the public from May to September, 10 am - 5.30 pm, Monday-Friday.
The villages of Ballyvaughan and Fanore celebrate the Burren’s summer festival - Feile an tSamhraidh - with a feast of music and entertainment on the June bank holiday weekend. Highlights of the 2013 event included Paddy Casey, The Walls, and Walking on Cars. Family activities include bouncy castle, face painting, and barbecue in the Ballyvaughan Community Field.
0.8km from Ballyvaughan
Prepare to relax and unwind in picturesque surroundings when you stay in one of these traditional Irish holiday homes, located on the spectacular west coast of Ireland near a little village called Ballyvaughan, in north County Clare. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, these holiday homes offer the very best in rental accommodation.
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4.9km from Ballyvaughan
This charming self catering cottage is situated in the unique surroundings of the world-renowned Burren in County Clare. Twice winner of the Shannon Region Gulliver Award, this cottage has a beautiful harbour-side setting and commands magnificent views of the Burren mountains.
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0.6km from Ballyvaughan
Next time you visit the spectacular west of Ireland, stay at a superb holiday home in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottage lies in the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan and provides a comfortable and relaxing base from which to explore and appreciate the natural surroundings of the Burren.
0km from Ballyvaughan
These holiday cottages are located right in the centre of the charming and unspoilt village of Ballyvaughan, which lies on the southern shores of Galway Bay, surrounded by the magnificent limestone hills of the Burren. For those of you travelling with small children, a cot a high chair are available on request by prior arrangement with the owners.
0.4km from Ballyvaughan
These delightful Ballyvaughan holiday homes are located at the edge of the Burren region on the southern shore of the beautiful Galway Bay. Each cottage contains four bedrooms and can accommodate eight people with ease. The holiday homes are family friendly, making them ideal for a relaxing and memorable family break away in the beautiful Clare countryside.
These delightful cottages are located at the edge of the Burren region on the beautiful southern shore of Galway Bay. Each cottage contains three bedrooms and can accommodate six people with ease. The properties are ideal for a relaxing, memorable break with the family in the beautiful Clare countryside.
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1.9km from Ballyvaughan
Set in the unique Burren landscape in Co. Clare, these cosy Ballyvaughan holiday cottages are well equipped and conveniently located. Whether you require a relaxed break or an action-filled adventure, you won't be disappointed.
Ideally located for those who want to tour County Clare, these cottages offer 3-star accommodation in the village of Bell Harbour, overlooking Galway Bay. In the heart of the well-known Burren region, each holiday home has three bedrooms sleeping up to six people. All three bedrooms are double rooms; two downstairs and one upstairs with en suite facilities.
0.5km from Ballyvaughan
If you want to discover and experience the wonders of the spectacular west of Ireland from your doorstep, then look no further. Situated in the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, these holiday homes offer the highest standard of 3-star accommodation in the beautiful surroundings of the world-famous Burren area.
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